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Classic Sailing offer sailing holidays and sailing adventures on tall ships and traditional boats.  You don't need any experience as the skipper will teach you to become the crew on any of our selected fleet of 23 sailing vessels. They range from 40ft gaff cutters to tall ship sailing on large square riggers and schooners. Revell in the glory of sailing these eye- catching craft from a bye gone era and enjoy the freedom of the seas and exploring ashore.

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Happy crew on Bark Europa by Arthur Smeets

Multi national crew on Europa - Photo by Arthur Smeets

Explore the World Under Sail

Classic Sailing have over 300 voyages to choose from, whether you fancy an active weekend break, an 'escape from it all' holiday, or a life changing ocean journey. You can explore the world under sail and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.

How do I find a voyage that is right for me?  If you have an idea of the voyage type you are looking for like a weekend break or a Trans Atlantic, then try our VOYAGE SEARCH BOX on the left of every page. You can also search for a suitable voyage by start date, geographical sailing area or vessel.

If you want a personalised service then do ring us on 0044 (0) 1872 580022 or email us and tell us your sailing dreams. We have 3 skippers in the office with a wide range of travel and sailing experience to match you with the best holiday options for you.

"A wonderful break from the real world - It was all fantastic. Loved sailing at night, the moon and sun rising and setting, dolphins, sharks and whales. Fabulous company, excellent food, stunning boat and exhilarating sailing. " Claire H

Bark Europa for crossing oceans under square rig

Hands on Sailing Holidays for All Abilities

‘Hands on’ sailing participation is at the core of all our sailing holidays. You become the crew of barques, brigs, schooners, historic sailing cargo ships, pilot cutters, luggers, sailing trawlers and privateers.  From the moment you arrive on board, we help you learn to sail and be an active crew member. If you are already hooked on sailing then we have challenges and destinations to keep you busy for a lifetime.

All our vessels accept individual bookings. Solo travelers by far make up the majority of our customers, so it’s a great way to meet new people. We have ships adapted for disabled crews, vessels that have great accommodation for couples, family friendly options and a huge choice of short tasters for newcomers.  

Who Comes? Check out what our customers say about us or meet the growing number of fans on our Classic Sailing Facebook page and read their voyage reviews

"By Saturday it was hard to believe some of us had only met on Friday" Mark Coates.

Hands on sailing holidays with Classic Sailing. Short breaks, classic boat racing, epic journeys

Destinations Worth Exploring Ashore

Classic Sailing choose the best un-spoilt coastal scenery, wildlife opportunities and sailing winds. We are excited by mountain backdrops and natural anchorages, self-sufficient local communities, historic ports and remote islands. Destinations range from weekends away in Cornwall and other trips right on your doorstep to hot destinations like the Caribbean or Polynesia. If you prefer icebergs and glaciers then try sailing expeditions in Antarctica or the Arctic.  Maybe your destination is more about relaxing ashore with seafood, wine and music after some memorable sailing, so check out our summer festival and tall ship event voyages.

See our full range of sailing grounds - Our destination pages are written from a sailor’s perspective.

"A journey I will remember for the rest of my life - most enjoyable was sailing to St Kilda and landing there; island hopping, Shiant Islands, and the guests and crew were great." Jane H.


Classic Sailing holidays with Schooner Opal in East Greenland

Voyages That Make A Difference

If you want to do something remarkable on holiday, then we have some voyages can make a difference to the world:  Join the Sail Cargo revolution on three masted lugger Grayhound; Conserve historic ships by sailing them and learning traditional skills; Sail around the world on a square rigger; Create a great Antarctic photo portfolio and learn from marine wildlife experts.  If you are planning a GAP year or career break, then these unique experiences have real career value on your CV.


Learn while you sail - Gain new skills on holiday

If you are looking for the perfect place to grow your sailing skills then Classic Sailing far more than a conventional RYA Sailing School. Our sailing holidays are rich in learning opportunities like - lugger racing skills, learning about biodynamic wine growing on a wine cargo run, marine photography, wildlife or art voyages with experts. The beauty of the longer ocean tall ship voyages is you have time to learn, whether it be square rig skills, oceanographic research or maritime history lectures.

If you want to gain an internationally recognised qualification we have a RYA practical sailing courses  from RYA Competent Crew to RYA Day Skipper on classic boats

You can buy online courses from beginners navigation to RYA Ocean Yachtmaster theory you can do at home.

Other ways to learn: Informal sailing courses - whilst having fun on our holiday


Lonely Planet – Voted Classic Sailing one of the 10 Best Weekend Courses in the world.

Classic sailing holidays for lots of sail handling and action - no experience needed

Launch a Nautical Career

If you want an internationally recognised qualification then Classic Sailing offers the full range of RYA practical and theory courses, from RYA Competent Crew and RYA Day Skipper up to RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory.  

Aiming for a nautical career? - We have careers advice pages on how to get a sailing job and  occasional job vacancies.  


Our Story - About Us

In the beginning there was a pilot cutter called ‘Eve of St Mawes’ and two tall ship enthusiasts called Adam and Debbie. They wanted to make sailing on tall ships and traditional boats available to anyone with the romance of the sea in their heart, and not just those who were already keen sailors. Adam and Debbie set up Classic Sailing to provide more sailing choice for adults seeking adventure on traditional sailing ships.  

Classic Sailing have always campaigned to encourage more women to take the wheel and develop their sailing skills. You will find many photos of our female customers in action and several of the vessels we work with have female skippers or mates.

Read about our ethos and story

Cool helmswoman on Brixham Trawler Leader

Why Book with Classic Sailing?

  • Classic Sailing leads the traditional sailing industry with 21 years advising sailing customers.  
  • We have the widest choice of sailing holidays on ‘block and tackle’ sailing ships for adults in Europe.
  • Classic Sailing is a company run by skippers for anyone with sea in their blood, or adventure in their veins.
  • We have introduced over 10 000 customers to traditional boats and tall ships since 1997.
  • Our UK based office in Portscatho, Cornwall is open Mon to Fri 9am to 5.30pm
  • Becky, Debbie, and Adam aim to respond to booking applications within 1 working day.
  • We accept all major credit cards.

Man to man talk on Eda Frandsen in Scotland


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